In the only U.S. Open final contested today, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso won the men's doubles by defeating Frenchmen Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, amid a chorus of boos from the crowd.
A controversial point against the French players seemed to deflate them. The match ended, for all purposes, in the third-set tie breaker when Leconte hit a shot at double set point, 6-4, that appeared to glance off Flach and sailed long.
But umpire Zeno Pfau ruled the ball had not touched Flach and gave the point to the Americans. That began a four-point streak for Flach and Seguso, the top-seeded team, that won the set. Noah and Leconte insisted the ball touched Flach's shoulder.
"My biggest mistake the whole day was that I should have gotten a haircut," Flach said. "If the ball hit anything, it was my hair. It's a difficult situation. I'm not sure. How can I overrule the umpire? Leconte winds up and hits a forehand volley 900 miles per hour, and I turned to get out of the way. Then for Yannick to tank the match for one point . . . One point doesn't make a difference."
"It touched him," Noah said. "He knows that it touched him . . . I asked him if the ball had touched him and he said, 'It's not my job to say it. It's the referee's decision.'
"If a ball touched me when I'm playing, I know it touched me."
In the final set, there was another disputed line call that went against the Frenchmen. After that, Noah and Leconte just waved their rackets in the direction of the ball as Flach and Seguso ran out the match for their first Grand Slam title.
Seguso said, "The way they finished the fourth set was a letdown. They gave it to us."
"This is the U.S. Open and we're the Davis Cup team, and we couldn't even smile when we got the trophy," said Flach after the crowd booed during the awards ceremony.